'Tis the season of giving, and luckily, finding gifts for the food-lover in your life is easy this season. Be it for a friend, neighbor or loved one, we've rounded up the perfect gifts to please any type of foodie – including you.
For The Breakfast-Lover
Loose Leaf Teas from ReTrailer Tea Co.
This is a gift that truly warms you up. Lisa Govro of ReTrailer Tea Company sources the highest quality, organic herbs and spices to make her proprietary blends, chai concentrate and single estate teas. Gift a bag of Govro's "Don't Chai Know" (a chai tea blend made with tulsi and red roobios tea) or "Edith Grey" (a spin on the traditional Earl Grey with organic Darjeeling black tea, bergamot oil and red rose petals). Just look for the small brown bags at local coffee shops and boutiques in the St. Louis metro area or order online on ReTrailer's website. ReTrailer Tea Co., theretrailer.com
Granola from Banner Road Baking Co.
This past year, Pastaria's executive pastry chef Anne Croy has been wowing St. Louis with her hand-crafted granolas from Banner Road Baking Co. With twice the nuts, fruit and seeds than any other granola, granola-lovers will eat it up – literally. Don't miss Croy's seasonal granola out this month, "Frosty Deconstructed," which Croy describes as "a nod to fine dining." It's filled with Askinosie dark and white chocolate, tart cherries, organic corn puffs and ancho chili flakes. You can purchase Croy's granola in St. Louis at Pastaria, Parker's Table, Larder and Cupboard, and most recently, Lusso in Clayton. And you may want to pick up an extra tube for yourself – it's just that good. Banner Road Baking Co., bannerroad.com
Preserves, Jellies and Marmalade from Kansas City Canning Co.
There's nothing quite like homemade jams and marmalade – especially when Tim and Laura Tuohy of Kansas City Canning Company are in charge. Each jar is hand-packed, hand-labeled and hand-batched. For this year's holiday season, purchase their popular "Small Batch Favorites Sampler," which includes four 4-ounce jars of 7-Pepper Jelly, Balsamic Pickled Grapes, Clementine Thyme Marmalade and Ancho Date Butter. The set comes packaged up in a fancy little gift box, all ready to give. Purchase it at numerous Kansas City retailers or order online from their website. Kansas City Canning Co., kansascitycanningco.com
For The Entertainer
Wooden Bowls and Platters by YellowTree Farm
This season's entertaining just got a lot more local. Artisan woodworker Justin Leszcz salvages wood from around the St. Louis area to make his finished wood products. For the holiday season, Leszcz is selling wood serving boards, small cups and bowls. Each hand-made item is sure to complement any dish served in it – making it a gift that will be cherished meal after meal. For ordering, contact Leszcz via email or through his website. YellowTree Farm, yellowtreefarm.com
Homemade Crackers from Heirloom Bakery & Hearth
Homemade crackers will take hor d'oeuvres to the next level. At Heirloom Bakery & Hearth in Kansas City, baked goods are made fresh daily, including their homemade crackers. Choose from cracked pepper and Parmesan or Cheddar cheese crackers, both packaged up in Weck jars and perfect for gifting. And don't forget to tell them to save the jar – the bakery will refill it for half the price. Heirloom Bakery & Hearth, 401 E. 63rd St., Brookside, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.492.7259, heirloomkc.com
Infused & Smoked Sea Salts from Wood + Salt
Time to give that table salt an upgrade this winter with Wood + Salt's infused and smoked sea salts. This brother-sister team out of Kansas City incorporates creates small batch brines, rubs, spices and salt – perfect for the barbecue-loving city and beyond. Choose from four varieties of sea salts: Forest Salt, Merlot Salt, Rosemary Smoked Sea Salt and Winter Smoked Sea Salt. Buy one or all four and give a gift that is sure to elevate any dish. Wood + Salt, woodandsalt.com
For The Baker
The Baker's Apron by Knife & Flag
Excite any oven warrior with The Baker's Apron, a collaboration apron Knife & Flag has released with Strange Donuts. Tower Classic Tattooing owner Sean Baltzell and Pi Pizzeria and Gringo owner Frank Uible launched Knife & Flag in 2013, offering aprons to fit all types of trades – from barbering and tattooing to chefs and bakers. Armed with a white, sturdy Baker's Apron, your favorite baker will never want to leave his or her kitchen. The aprons can be ordered from Knife & Flag's online store. Knife & Flag Survival Union, 4146 Manchester Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, knifeflag.com
Baking Spices from Penzeys Spices
Essential to every baker's kitchen are spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Make a trip to Penzeys Spices in Maplewood, where you can peruse the baking section of the store and choose from a wide array of spices, pure vanilla and cinnamon sticks. Fill a cardboard box with your own picks or choose from the "baker's assortment" gift boxes available. Then, watch as the baker in your life achieves spice-rack greatness. Penzeys Spices, 7338 Manchester Rd, Maplewood, 314.781.7177, penzeys.com
Wood Pie Servers by Facture Goods
A once ordinary pie server turns into a prized kitchen utensil thanks to Aron Fischer of Facture Goods. Each piece of Fischer's work is hand-carved and shaped by him. His pie servers are offered in a variety of wood such as ambrosia maple, cherry, sycamore and walnut. You can purchase Fischer's work at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis and Winslow's Home, as well as a few select stores in the Kansas City area and Columbia. Or, order directly through his website. Facture Goods, facturegoods.com
For The Sweet Tooth
Hot Chocolate, Marshmallows & Sea Salt Caramels from Kakao Chocolate
When you pair a mug of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, you have a chocolate lovers' dream come true. Kakao Chocolate offers hot chocolate mixes in varieties such as Mexican, Milk Chocolate, Mint and Chai Hot Chocolate. Pair it with a bag of homemade marshmallows and you have a warm, sweet treat for any cold, winter day. Or, pick up a gift box filled with Kakao's sea salt caramels in dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Gifts don't get much sweeter than this. Kakao Chocolate, multiple locations including 7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood, Missouri, 314.645.4446, kakaochocolate.com
Popcorn Tins from DotPops Popcorn
The old-fashioned popcorn tin is back – but with a modern twist. DotPops Popcorn in Springfield, Missouri, is making popcorn better than ever with non-GMO popcorn, real cane sugar, coconut oil and 100 percent Cheddar cheeses. For one flat rate, you can combine any flavor you want into a custom tin. Go for the holiday favorites including Cherry Cordial, Candy Cane, S'mores, Hot Cocoa and Winter White Chocolate. DotPops Popcorn, 1323 W. Sunshine Street, Springfield, Missouri, 417.501.8368, dotpops.com
Brigadeiros from Brigabon Candy Co.
Any chocolate enthusiast is sure to love a box of brigadeiros. These small sweet confections, traditionally enjoyed in Brazil, are being made locally by Kansas City's Brigabon Candy Co. For the perfect gift, order an assorted chocolate box filled with dark chocolate, black and white, crunch and white chocolate brigadeiros. Hand-rolled and coated with ingredients like chocolate sprinkles and white chocolate, the brigadeiros are then packaged up in black boxes with Brazilian Chita pattern tags. You can purchase the treats in the Kansas City area at Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott, The Sundry and the Overland Park Farmers Market. Or, order from their recently launched website. Brigabon Candy Co., 913.735.0076, brigabon.com
For The Happy Hour Club
Flavored Spirits & Liqueurs from Vom Fass
Upgrade a cocktail lover's favorite drink. Vom Fass in Maplewood makes and sells rare spirits and flavored liqueurs that are sure to excite any mixologist. Customers can choose from a variety of bottled sizes or select a few smaller stackable sizes to create the perfect gift. With flavors such as Latte Macchiato Cream Liqueur, Apricot Liqueur with Grappa and Wild Rose Liqueur, cocktail hour just went to a whole new level. Vom Fass, 7314 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.932.5262
Members-Only Club from Blue Sky Vineyard
Give a gift that keeps on giving. The Members-Only Club from award-winning Blue Sky Vineyard in Makanda, Illinois, will allow you to give the gift of local wine four times a year. Purchase the "Sippers Club" and the recipient will receive two bottles of wine delivered right to his or her door up to four times a year. You can choose the sweetness level of the wine, and no two shipments will look the same. Cheers to a gift that continues all year long. Blue Sky Vineyard, 3150 South Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda, Illinois, 618.99.9463, blueskyvineyard.com
Brewing Starter Kits From Grain to Glass
Have a home brewer on your list? Grain to Glass in Kansas City offers equipment starter kits and ingredient starter kits with complete instructions – perfect for a beginner brewer. For the experienced brewer, grab some grains, hops and yeast or choose from a variety of books and equipment. And be sure to check out the featured kit for the holidays – Grandaddy's Gingerbread Stout. Now, let's just hope months down the road you'll be invited over for a tasting. Grain to Glass, 1611 Swift Ave., North Kansas City, Missouri, 816.472.0516, graintoglass.biz